BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Respect is something you earn and three coast high school basketball teams, Harrison Central boys and girls and the Biloxi Lady Indians earned a winning reputation on the basketball court this season. Their spirited efforts earned wins and a ticket to the Class 6A State Tournament in Jackson.
The Harrison Central Red Rebels battle Jackson Callaway 1:30 Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals on the campus of Jackson State.
Head coach Boo Hardy says he has reminded his players of his own title run when he was a member of the State Champion Gulfport Admirals.
"This year will be 30 years since we won the State Championship, "said Hardy. "It seems like yesterday and I told them the buys that, just be special and be one of he ones to be in the club, the State Championship Club. It's a privilege and an honor to be in the State Championship Club."
The Biloxi Lady Indians hook-up with Tupelo 7 p.m. Saturday inside Jackson's Mississippi Coliseum. First-year head coach Devin Hill says there's a family connection to Tupelo.
Coach Hill said, "This is a big week for us. A big week for Biloxi basketball, but also a big week for you in life because you're learning how to overcome adversity and be successful."
For Harrison Central to the Class 6A state title for the first time since 2005, coach Nancy Ladner's team must upset undefeated Starkville beginning 8:30 Saturday night.
"The biggest thing we need to do is get out there and play with intensity, "stated coach Ladner. Play with toughness. Play your best. Just give everything and leave nothing on the floor and then everything will come the way it should come out."
Harrison Central senior Teara LeShore said, "We've been going up there since my 9th grade year and we keep coming back short, but I feel like this year we'll get it."
Good luck to the Red Rebelettes, Lady Indians and the Red Rebels.